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Our leadership

Meet our Executive Team and Board of Directors.

Our Executive Team

Our Executive Team is responsible for successfully implementing our Strategic Plan. Together, these senior leaders ensure we continue to deliver high-quality education that enriches lives and builds community capacity.

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Vivienne King

Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director

Before being appointed as Managing Director & CEO of Box Hill Institute, Vivienne was the President of the British Columbia Rapid Transit Company, which operated and maintained the Skytrain and Westcoast Express Transit systems in Vancouver.

Before working in North America, Vivienne held the CEO role for KDR Gold Coast, the operator and maintainer of the Gold Coast Light Rail. She has also held high impact executive roles, including at RailCorp in Sydney, and throughout her career has leveraged her passion for success through people.

Vivienne has sat on multiple boards including the international passenger transport association (UiTP) and CEDA Queensland. She holds many qualifications and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Vivienne King

Aggie Kost

Executive Director, People and Culture

Aggie brings with her over 15 years' global experience working in Australian ASX 100 and iconic international companies.  Her extensive experience has been honed in vibrant leadership roles, leading and inspiring teams, and expertly coaching HR, business and leaders through periods of significant change.

Aggie has worked across a range of industries including Engineering, Defence, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Retail, Workforce Career Management and Banking, in companies that include Thales Australia, Coles Myer, Ericsson, Audrey Page & Associates and Commonwealth Bank.

Aggie is also a registered Psychologist and an accredited Executive Coach.

As an advocate for inspirational and positive leadership at all levels, Aggie believes that people and culture is what makes organisations successful. She is deeply passionate about creating high performing, diverse and inclusive teams, and improving organisation capability through strong, supportive leadership.

As the Executive Director People and Culture, Aggie will lead the Valuing Our People Strategic Theme ensuring that we continue to build an engaged, capable and safe workforce.

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Aggie Kost

Jane Trewin

Executive Director, Educational Delivery

Jane is responsible for the delivery and positioning of our core teaching and learning programs to meet the evolving needs of students, community and industries. She provides leadership and guidance to the Faculty Deans and the Coordinator of Campus Operations.

Jane has over 20 years’ experience in teaching and management for the vocational sector. She has driven the development and delivery of innovative, flexible, customer-focused and customised education and training programs across a range of industries and disciplines.

An award-winning teacher and business owner, Jane was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Hairdressing for her contribution to the industry.

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Jane Trewin

Jennifer Newport

Executive Director, Student Experience

Jennifer commenced her career in marketing roles for global brands including International Computers Limited (ICL) and BP Exploration in London. Shifting her focus to sectors that aligned to her personal values, she has experience working in Not-For-Profit, Higher Education and Health.

Jennifer's greatest strengths are her creativity and innovation, stakeholder networks and her drive for practical results.

Her notable achievements include the successful rebrand of iconic Melbourne institutions VECCI and RMIT University. She was selected to present 'The RMIT Brand Story' at the American Marketing Association's Symposium for Higher Education in Boston which resulted in invitations to mentor the marketing team at The Catholic University in Milan, Italy. She has also completed a secondment to RMIT International University in Vietnam.

Jennifer joins BHI most recently from Online Education Services where she revitalised the sales and marketing function.

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Jennifer Newport

Laura Macpherson

Executive Director Strategy and Governance

Laura plays a key role in long-term strategic planning working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to achieve strategic objectives. Her portfolio includes Legal Counsel, Strategy Development, Enterprise Portfolio, Management Office, and Corporate Performance Accountability and Reporting. Laura also oversees Board liaison, Company Secretarial Services, and Audit and Risk.

Laura is an experienced business professional, with an aptitude for combining commercial, strategy and technical skills to provide innovative solutions. She brings 18 years of experience across many domestic and international sectors, and she has worked in highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams in the transport, emergency services, water, energy, mining and education sectors.

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Laura McPherson
Laura Macpherson

Rachel Brown

Executive Director, Commercial

Rachel Brown is a results driven commercial general manager with extensive B2B experience in diverse industry sectors covering Energy, Packaging and Chemicals.

Rachel has previously held senior leadership roles with Shell, Amcor / Orora and Ixom, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Graduate Diploma of Management (Technology Management).

With demonstrated success establishing partnerships that yield mutually beneficial commercial outcomes, Rachel has clear strategy development and delivery capability and a track record for building and sustaining stakeholder relationships.

Providing decisive leadership, Rachel values accountability, embraces change and enjoys professional challenge. She is naturally collaborative and is energised by working with teams to develop and implement great customer solutions.

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Rachel Brown

Board of Directors

The Board’s role is to oversee and govern Box Hill Institute, advance objectives, and to ensure it operates in accordance with the Strategic Plan and the Statement of Corporate Intent.

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Jack Diamond

Chairperson

Jack spent a decade in secondary school education and for over 32 years, he has worked in the finance and funds management industry. Jack is currently a Director (and was Interim Chairman) of Victoria Sports Centres Trust, the Managing Director of Integritas Group and Diamond Consulting (Vic) Pty Ltd; Chairman BCyber Pty Ltd, Chairman of the Strategy Committee of Household Capital Pty Ltd.

Previously, he held Board roles as Chairman of IFS Insurance Solutions, Deputy Chairman V/Line; Directorships at Victorian Funds Management Corporation; Government Super Office; ESS Super; Ansett Super Funds; AUSFUND; Claims Funding Australia Pty Ltd and Super Member Home Loans (now ME Bank).

He held senior executive roles at companies including Colonial First State Asset Management, ANZ Asset Management, National Mutual Funds Management and Nicholas Applegate Capital Management in the USA.

Jack served in an honorary capacity on Homeground’s taskforce Committee and Monash University Alumni Strategy Committee.

Jack is a Member of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

His postgraduate qualifications are in Education, Career Education and Labour/Management Relations.

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Jack Diamond

Allan Moore

Board Member since 2014 (Coopted Director)

Allan has a strong financial and commercial background with experience throughout the Asia Pacific region. He recently completed his terms as Chairperson of the Australian Battery Industry Association and as Treasurer for the Victorian Tree Industry Organisation. He continues his work for the latter at an Executive Committee level.

Allan is Chairperson of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and member of our Asset Management, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Allan operates a Contract and Project Management Consultancy. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of Exide Technologies and held various Senior Financial Management roles within the Exide and Pacific Dunlop Groups.

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Allan Moore

Helen Buckingham OAM

Board Member since 2008 (Ministerial Nominee)

Helen has extensive experience spanning both state and local government. She is Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the Education, Quality and Effectiveness Committee.

As Member of the Legislative Council for the Koonung Province electorate, Helen served on the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Education and Training. From 1997 to 2002, she was a Councillor in the City of Whitehorse, serving as Mayor during this time. As a Councillor, she was a member of numerous Council Committees, including the Audit Committee.

Helen has served on many boards, including the Snowdome Foundation, Box Hill Hospital, Family Access Network, Myeloma Foundation of Australia and Deakin University Council.

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Helen Buckingham

Tracey Cooper

Board Member since 2015 (Coopted Director)

Tracey Chairs the Box Hill Institute Asset Management Committee and is a member of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee.   She is also Chairperson of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board, a Trustee of the States Sports Centre and a Director of Rome2Rio and Arthurs Seat Eagle.  She has been a full time company director since 2007 and held various government and private directorships.

Prior to this Tracey was the Managing Director-Asia Pacific of Alexander Mann Solutions a human resources outsourcing business.  Her executive career spanned roles in Professional Services and Information Technology and focused on the banking, government, retail, and technology sectors.

Her functional expertise is in the areas of strategic planning, financial and asset management and commercial negotiation.

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Tracey Cooper

Amanda Brook

Board Member since 2016 (Ministrial Nominee)

Amanda is an experienced business leader with a customer driven approach to organisation challenges.  She is a Director of Abbeys Auctions and Classic Moves and serves as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Leadership Victoria and the Victorian TAFE Association. 

Amanda’s executive career included leadership roles with iconic brands in the retails, advertising, digital media publishing and education sectors.  Her specialities include strategy, marketing and business growth, team development, mergers and organisation change.

With post-graduate qualifications in Business, Amanda is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute. 

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Amanda Brook

Annabelle Roxon

Board Member

Annabelle is an experienced Board Director, currently serving on the Board and Audit and Risk Committee of Westernport Water and formerly served on the Board and Audit and Risk Committee of TAFE Gippsland.  

She is also a management consultant in the social sector who advises on strategy and outcomes management for a diverse range of clients including social purpose organisations and government. 

A former lawyer, she has advised in a broad array of areas including procurement, sales and marketing, disputes and litigation, and mergers and acquisitions. 

Annabelle holds a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.   

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Annabelle Roxon

Haydn Pound

Board Member

Haydn Pound is a management consultant and adjunct professor specialising in strategy and accounting.

Previously Haydn worked with The Boston Consulting Group and PwC. Today he consults to a range of Australian companies and is a Director of Goulburn Valley Water and Box Hill Institute
He holds a Bachelor of Business and an MBA (Melbourne, Chicago) in which he graduated with First Class Honours.  He is a CPA and Graduate of the AICD. Presently he teaches into leading MBA/EMBA programs at the London Business School and other world-leading institutions. He won INSEAD’s Outstanding Teacher award on multiple occasions

Haydn holds a commercial pilot licence with a Command Instrument Rating.

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Haydn Pound

Jane Foley

Board Member since 2018 (Ministerial Nominee)

Jane is a member of the Audit Finance and Risk Committee and the Education Quality Committee of our Board.

Her areas of expertise cover strategy, organisational design, business improvement, human resource management, change management, and corporate governance. She has worked across a diverse range of industry sectors including superannuation, professional services, government and international aid. For more than a decade, Jane consulted widely across the Victorian TAFE sector. She has held diverse board and committee governance roles in commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Her qualifications include a Master of Arts (International Relations).

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Jane Foley

Phillip Davies

Board Member since 2013 (Coopted Director)

Phillip is CEO and General Counsel at Advanced Paediatric Life Support. He has vast experience serving on boards in the legal, education, health, property, building and construction and sporting sectors. He is on the Asset Management Committee of our Board. 

Phillip is Chairperson of East Kew Financial Services Ltd. He is also a member of a number of disciplinary and dispute tribunals in the education, building and construction and sports sectors. Prior to his public service appointments, he was a Senior Partner at King Wood Mallesons an international law firm. 

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Phillip Davies

Sam McCurdy

Staff Elected Board Member

Sam is a veterinarian who has worked at Box Hill Institute since 2009.  Rising through the ranks, he is now a Faculty Dean.  Before starting with us, Sam was a veterinarian in private practice and an Officer in the Australian Army Reserve.  His experience in leadership and management includes strategic planning, budget forecasting, financial management, training delivery, course development, academic compliance, workplace health and safety, business development, contract negotiations, networking and resourcing. Sam is a strong advocate for training that delivers work skills for real jobs.  He promotes educational pathways and encourages life-long learning. 

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Dr Sam McCurdy

Susan Pelka

Director of the Board

Susan is an experienced non-executive Board Director and Business Advisor having spent her early years as a Secondary Teacher and Equal Employment Manager.

She has executive experience in the Finance, Superannuation, Arts, Education and Compliance business of organisations and has spent 20 years as a board director on many Boards and Board Subcommittees dealing with Compliance, Investment, Strategy, Risk and Remuneration.

Susan is currently a Trustee Director of the Emergency Services and State Superannuation Fund, she is a community representative of the Victorian Judicial Committee Investigative panels and a Director of R D Caven and Associates.

She was until June 2018 a Director of the Australian World Orchestra and was previously the Chairman of the River Nile Learning Centre and the River Nile Independent Specialist School (providing a safe learning environment for migrant and asylum-seeking women and their children.

Susan is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.

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Susan Pelka